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Suzie Mitchell is a mom and boomer who writes about technology for her generation. She loves discovering apps and websites that make life easier. She hopes young app and website developers hear boomers and produce apps they can actually use. Follow her at @SUZIEMITCHELL on Twitter or

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Need to Get Organized? These Mobile Apps Will Help.

Posted on 12/30/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyGetting more organized and living healthier are classic New Year’s resolutions.  If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get. Here are six mobile apps that can help. While they aren’t marketed specifically to the 50+ audience, I’ve found reasons they can make our lives easier. I use them all regularly. They are free and available on iPhone or Android. To stay organized Manilla– is a free service that lets you manage and organize your bills and …

These Web-Based Medical Apps Make House Calls

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThink you might have bronchitis, a sinus infection,  or other non-life threatening illness and can’t wait for an appointment with your regular doctor?  Not sure if you should go to the ER?  Have travel plans and worried if you should fly?  Then these online medical-care sites and mobile apps might be your answer. The sites help patients and doctors converse through smartphones, tablets and computers.  In fact, the U.S. telehealth patient population is expected to grow six-fold to 1.3 million …

Knitters Embrace the Web for Passion Fix

Posted on 12/10/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyKnitters and crocheters proudly admit they’re almost like a cult. They regularly lure new members promising creativity and stress relief.  Their passion for yarns, color, texture, and stitch patterns bind them. They flock to the Web searching for future project ideas. I know this because I am a knitter.   Ten years ago I joined this international crowd that includes celebrities like Kate Middleton, Julia Roberts, Felicity Huffman and David Arquette.  I have the requisite “yarn stash” area of a …

Websites for Cyber Monday and Beyond

Posted on 12/2/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyIf you want to ease your holiday stress this year, join me by shopping online. Since sales occur daily, you can compare prices and visit multiple stores in your comfy clothes. Enjoy the experience at home or even on the beach using your computer or tablet. Here are some of my favorite websites to help you send gifts to everyone on your list — including yourself. For the Techie BuyVia — If you’re buying a tech or electronic item this …

Transform Your Smartphone Photos into Holiday Albums

Posted on 11/19/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyPhotos unite family and friends, so if you want to be the hit of a holiday party, just copy my friend Pauline. She recently sat down at brunch and whipped out a stunning book she had made from photos on her iPhone.  She said she compiled it with a really easy-to-use mobile app. The beauty and coolness of the photo album got more raves than photos of her grandkids. “What a great gift,” my sister-in-law Sue said, reaching for her phone …

Shopping With Credit-Card Readers Attached to Smartphones

Posted on 11/12/2013 by |Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyIf my friend Beth’s recent holiday buying is any indication, shoppers are in for a more-connected experience. Last week, my 82-year-old buddy wanted to buy a platter at her church bazaar. She was met with a “newfangled credit-card” gadget. “The salesgirl told me to slide my credit card through a little square thing attached to her phone,” Beth told me.  “She said it was safe, I did it, I hope it was ok.” That small device called Square is a …